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A very fine tree

Pterostyrax hispida is a choice tree native to shaded edges of forests in China and Japan. Growing at RBGE in the F beds it is now in full…

Fragrant flowers

Intense and heavily sweet, the fragrance from the coral white flowers hanging hidden within the climbing canopy of Schisandra grandiflora is overpowering. In bud the dangling spheres are…

To rival the Lilac in scent and colour

A perennial herb grown for its flavoursome foliage; Chives, Allium schoenoprasum, is also a reliable flowering plant. When cutting for the kitchen, slice as far down the leaf…

Paeonia emodi

Look what the sun brought out

Pure white petals on the flowers of Paeonia emodi glow in the bright May sunshine. This is a vigorous member of the genus. The foliage growing to over…

Eranthis hyemalis seed

Seed stock

Looking through the naturalised areas where Snowdrops and Winter Aconites provided the colour during winter the Eranthis hyemalis are ready to shed their seed. The seed capsules, held…

Rhododendron annae

A fine Rhodo

Nestled into the flora in the sunken courtyard to the north of the centre glasshouse is a fine specimen of Rhododendron annae. A Forrest collection from SW China,…

Allium paradoxum

Destined for the bucket

Easily introduced to the garden when lifting and dividing Snowdrops from another area; Allium paradoxum is an invasive coloniser of cultivated ground. This form of wild garlic has…

Anemone nemorosa

A floral carpet for May Day

Anemone nemorosa provides a carpet of white or light blue flowers lasting several weeks. Colonising the woodland floor where deciduous canopies are not causing excessive shade. Appreciate these…

Primula veris ssp. macrocalyx

Primula

Considering the cold weather that has characterised early April the new foliage on Primula sieboldii ‘Fantasy’ has emerged with its usual fresh appearance. The foliage has a deeply…

Osmunda regalis

Coming of age for old fibre

A huge mass of Osmunda regalis has been dug out on its eighteenth anniversary, see attached image. A mass of fibrous root is a characteristic of this terrestrial…

Eranthis hyemalis 'Guinea Gold'

A golden glow to start April

Forsythia giraldiana a wild collected species from China produces a delicate scent from butter yellow flowers on deciduous wood. In other areas of the garden the ground flora…

Rhubarb March 2018

Rip roaring rhubarb

Rhubarb seed sown in the spring of 2017 germinated and the resultant seedlings were set out in the south facing market garden area. These rootstocks, dormant through the…

Clematis henryi

An early scented Clematis

Growing on the south facing wall of the glasshouses in full sun is Clematis henryi. Found growing naturally at forest margins, on shady slopes amongst shrubs and along…

Crocus chrysanthus 'Snow Bunting'

The real deal

The Crocus chrysanthus cultivar ‘Snow Bunting’ emerged unscathed from the Siberian snow that fell in quantity last week. Predominantly white petals with purple and yellow striations at the…

Snow overhang

Gutters and gulley’s

March the first was the start of the metrological spring and what weather we are seeing. The last time there was this amount of snow in the garden…

Snowdrop division showing range of size of bulbs found in a congested clump

Snowdrop division

March arrives and this year we have had a good six weeks to appreciate the Snowdrop collection. Reliable, regular and then as the deciduous canopy above expands and…

Salix lapponum

Buds breaking

The catkins on Salix lapponum are shedding their protective sheath and adding to the feeling that spring is imminent. A native to Europe and Northern Asia; in Scotland…

Alpine House February 2018

Have you seen the Alpine House?

Worth a visit; the Alpine House is displaying the best of spring colour. It is undeniable that protected cultivation allows a display of colour and interest to get…

Spinach following winter

Days lengthening

As day length increases the impetus to spend time in the garden is part of life’s natural rhythm. Get out there and be part of it. Where to…

Euonymus fortunei var. radicans 'Variegata'

Splash of colour

Euonymus are a genus of evergreen and deciduous woody plants. They have a habit of producing variegated sports which are then nurtured and bulked up by the nursery…